Mercedes-Benz has clearly heated up things this year and have done absolutely everything to keep their customers interested. New cars, updates to the older generations, they've just ramped up their entire line. This time around though, they have done that to the most luxurious Mercedes-Benz to arrive on the scene - the S-Class.
In its 6th generation now, the S-class had to pick up the baton of the now defunct Maybach brand and further enhance its credibility as the best car in the world. To begin with, its size can only be described as humongous. Its got sheer road presence to keep all your senses involved. It's got a massive front grille and huge all-LED headlights and this is the first time that Mercedes has designed the S-class with a long wheelbase version right from the outset.
The chassis gets more than 50 percent aluminium content with plenty of high strength steel and this is why the S-Class which looks like a mammoth, weighs in at only 2200kgs. The chassis is suspended by the standard air suspension and adaptive dampers that feature Active Body Control.
Inside is a chamber meant for kings and Mercedes-Benz does not disappoint. It gets a two-spoke wood and leather adorned steering, two large 31.2cm displays (placed side by side) -- one for speedo, tacho, the optional night-vision camera and car info and one for the comprehensive COMAND system. Then there is the 24-speaker Burmester audio system, massage seats with pillows and standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
All that and the oodles of space that you get inside, exemplifies your luxury experience and it's more than comfortable to make you feel at home.
Under the hood, the S-Class gets a 4.7-litre, twin-turbo petrol V8 which churns out a hefty 453bhp. The quiet cabin and Merc's 7G-tronic seven speed autobox block out everything, right from the traffic snarls to the commotion outside. The shifts are smooth and there are paddle shifters to help you drive as well.
The S-Class is truly an exceptional car and it sets a benchmark for the Audi's and the BMW's of the world. Priced at an approximate Rs 1.6 crore, the S500 is not cheap, but then again you are putting your money on the best car in the world.